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week ending November 15th, 2019
As employees plan for retirement, a key to being ready is to accumulate as much savings as possible. With the new IRS limits, plan participants are able next year to put more into their retirement plans. There seems to be a link between the investment menu defined contribution (DC) plan sponsors offer participants and how much the participants save. Helping participants understand the tax benefits of saving in a retirement plan would encourage plan participation, and explaining the negative consequences of taking money out of their savings may help stop leakage. Research shows that employees are also looking to invest their assets in health savings accounts (HSAs) to accumulate more for retirement health care expenses. And, actuary groups say a better understanding of longevity can help employees plan for investment strategies in retirement and health care expenses, among other things. Enjoy this edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend!
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Investing
The Role DC Plan Investment Menus Play in Participant Savings
Do managed accounts or larger investment menus encourage participants to add more to their DC plans?
Administration
Helping Participants Understand Tax Considerations for Retirement Plans
Understanding all the tax implications of qualified retirement plans can be daunting, but there are a few key things participants should know.
Administration
Ways to Combat Pervasive Leakage
The Savings Preservation Working Group says that at least 33% and as many as 47% of plan participants withdraw part or all of their retirement savings when switching jobs.
Benefits
HSA Holders Looking to Invest, But What Will They Find?
Although investment menu designs are better, there are still improvements that can be made and items plan sponsors should evaluate when selecting an HSA provider.
Products
Actuary Groups Update Longevity Calculator
A better understanding of longevity can help employees plan for investment strategies in retirement and health care expenses, among other things.
Popular Reads
Administration
Participants Will Need Support to Understand Lifetime Income Projections
Recordkeepers are bolstering education, projection modeling tools and tailored advice capabilities to support plan participants and encourage them to remain on track for retirement income planning.
Data and Research
DB Plans Retain Cost Advantage Over DC Plans
New research by the National Institute on Retirement Security reaffirms earlier findings on the greater cost savings and efficiencies provided by pensions as compared to defined contribution plans.

Compliance
Milliman Accused of Failing to Prune Bad Investments From 401(k)
A lawsuit alleges that the poor performance of a suite of target-risk funds resulted in a nearly $250 million loss to participant accounts.
Data and Research
Equity Compensation Increasingly Becoming an Important Financial Benefit
More than one-quarter of employees surveyed by Morgan Stanley at Work said equity compensation helps them meet their long-term goals.
Data and Research
2021’s Hardships Redefine Financial Wellness Goals
With so many Americans having gone through tough times over the past two years, a new study looks at how this has affected their financial well-being and sense of the future.
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